Is He A Bad Boy? Drake Speaks On Walking Out of His Vibe Interview, Drinking & Smoking

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Earlier in the week, rapper Drake performed in front of a large audience, totaling over 18,000 people at the O2 Arena in South-East London. This was the biggest concert of his career, by far. While in London, Drake sat down with Guardian for an exclusive interview. He addressed the rumors about him walking out of a Vibe interview for their February 2012 issue, being himself, calling himself the rap Hendrix or Marley, people hating him, drinking and smoking. Below are some excerpts:

On walking out of Vibe Interview:

“I didn’t like the way I was treated,” he says. “They ran this story about how I’m the most bitter guy, and my life is in turmoil. And I’m, like, a very happy 25-year-old kid living an amazing life. They tried to put a damper on my character, I guess because I didn’t play according to their rules.”

On Being himself:

“It doesn’t take me six hours to get ready, and I don’t have to wake up in the morning and remember to act like this or talk like that,” he says. “I just have to be me. And people really like that.”

On the track “Lord Knows” he stakes a claim for himself as the rap Hendrix or Marley:

“I didn’t really say I was the rap Hendrix or Marley, I said I was the descendant,” he corrects, smiling at the tenuous distinction. “Because I feel like that’s what I want to be for this generation: iconic. That’s the purpose I want to serve on this earth. I want my words to be remembered in 10, 15 years.”

On people really hating him and being labeled “soft”:

“There are people who really hate me and everything I stand for, like, ‘He’s so soft’. But I’m not soft. I’m just not one of those people who’s closed off emotionally. I went through too much with my father and my mother, watching her go through her shit and be hurt … I’ve seen too many people cry. Plus, I’ve had too many girls to ever feel uncomfortable about the man that I am.”

On drinks, drugs and weed:

“Have I sipped codeine before?” he asks for me. “Yeah, of course. Have I smoked weed? Yes. Do I drink wine? Yes. But do I do it excessively? No. I’m not a reckless guy. I do it all within moderation. I’m not into drugs.” He realises what he has just said, and bursts out laughing, as do his crew. “I mean any outside the ones I just mentioned.

Source: Guardian

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